Little Branch

You may walk by the Little Branch a few times before you realize you’ve found the discreetly marked entrance. And then the doorman may make you wait outside until someone leaves — an indication of just how popular this underground lair is. But get in you must. When finally admitted, down a steep staircase you…

The Rum House

    The old beer-stained dive bar at Hotel Edison was recently renovated into this intimate, noir-ish hideaway that, aside from a modest, vintage-looking neon sign hanging outside, makes no attempts to lure the passing Times Square tourists into its dark and cozy realm. Here, locals, hotel guests and theatre folk mingle at the copper-topped…

Bemelmans Bar at the Hotel Carlyle

  Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of the popular “Madeline” books for children, painted the 1940s Central Park scenes on the walls and lampshades of this iconic upper east side, upper-crust New York hotel bar. The artist’s charmingly loopy style creates the perfect vibe for getting a cheery buzz from the bar’s impeccably mixed…